Ipswich MP backs Ipswich FM radio

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has given his backing to Ipswich FM, the new applicant for the 102FM Ipswich local radio licence.

Ipswich FM is competing with the incumbent operator Town 102, who recently relocated all of its local programming to Norwich.

Sandy Martin says “As MP for Ipswich I am convinced of the need for a viable commercial local radio station to complement the service from the local BBC Radio Suffolk. It is essential that this should be a genuinely local station, based among its audience, and broadcasting content which is determined by and sensitive to the needs of Ipswich people. I do not believe Ipswich people would welcome a radio station that was based in Norwich, nor would they regard it as local. The Ipswich FM bid gives the opportunity for Ipswich-based broadcasters, with a proven track record, to help to deliver a genuinely local radio station and I fully support their bid.”

Ipswich FM submitted its proposals this afternoon (17th January) to industry regulator Ofcom. Its plans include local studios in Ipswich, local programming from Ipswich and Ipswich based presenters and radio journalists. Ipswich FM expects the licence to be awarded in the Spring.

Ipswich FM Chairman Michael Betton, who started his career at the original Ipswich station, Radio Orwell, in 1975 said “We passionately believe that local radio for Ipswich can’t and should not be delivered from our great, rival city of Norwich. We are delighted that Sandy and other stakeholders – advertisers, presenters and listeners – support and champion the localness of our submission to Ofcom.”

Ipswich radio listeners can make their voices heard by emailing Ofcom via broadcast.licensing@ofcom.org.uk.